Ravichandran Ashwin believes his unbroken 97-run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara has put India on top in Mumbai

Last Updated: 24/11/12 12:10am

Ravichandran Ashwin offered some ominous observations on the Mumbai pitch for England after the opening day of the second Test against India.

Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara put on 97 in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand to rescue India from 169-6 to guide them 266-6 at close.

And Ashwin believes that has put the hosts in a controlling position as he expects India's spinners to get much more help from the pitch than their England counterparts enjoyed on day one.

"There's a lot more bounce," Ashwin said. "I don't think you can really plonk your foot forward and keep defending. There's definitely more aid for the spinner, whereas Ahmedabad was low and slow.

"When it starts spinning (here), it does go, it's quite a tough wicket to bat on.

"At this point in time we've got to a position where we can feel a little comfortable ... if we can get a more runs I think we can put a lot of pressure on them."

Ashwin heaped praise on Pujara, who has continued the excellent form that earned him an unbeaten double century in the opening Test in Ahmedabad.

"I thought it was a brilliant knock," he said. "He trusted his defence and it was a very well-paced innings.

"He's got a great temperament, and is in great form, and he's someone who will keep on grinding the runs. He doesn't get small hundreds, he gets big ones."

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